The Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) and other groups have teamed up for a multi-city initiative to vaccinate tens of thousands of hospitality workers across the state.
The Austin vaccine drive will take place on May 1 and 2 at Circuit of the Americas (COTA), located at 9201 Circuit of the Americas Drive.
The vaccine administrator is the Central Texas Counties Vaccine Collaborative, which will be providing doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
The vaccine drive kicked off in Houston earlier this month and continued with events in San Antonio and Dallas this week.
“There is an urgency to vaccinate our restaurant workers who are serving guests every day in the dining rooms of Texas,” said Dr. Emily Williams Knight, president and CEO of TRA.
“In addition to the resolute precautions taken by restaurants, a vaccine against Covid-19 will provide one more level of protection for our employees. We are thankful for the tremendous support shown by like-minded organizations, sports teams, hospitals, and other partners who are committed to helping our industry’s best asset – its people.”
Many groups are lending their support to spread the word of the vaccine drive for hospitality workers, including the Texas Food & Wine Alliance, Good Work Austin, and the Southern Smoke Foundation.
“After the worst year in the history of the restaurant community, it’s incredibly exciting to see workers finally getting the resources we need to protect ourselves,” said Chef Michael Fojtasek, chef owner of Olamaie and member of Good Work Austin. “I am grateful to all of the people who have stepped up to organize and support this effort to help a highly vulnerable population.”
Follow-up vaccine clinics will happen in May for hospitality workers to receive their second shot.